Grimsby merchants bid farewell to Carol 'The Friendly Enforcer' – Fishupdate.com

Grimsby merchants bid farewell to Carol ‘The Friendly Enforcer’ Published:  28 September, 2007

DOZENS of fish buyers and agents gathered to bade farewell to the woman who has kept Grimsby Fish Market in front of the world for the past few years.

Carol McDonald, who updates the Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises (GFDE) daily website with details of landings and fish prices, is retiring after more than 40 years in the fish business.

Often the only woman among nearly 200 men on the fish market at the morning auctions, she is sometimes known as ‘The Friendly Enforcer’ because she makes sure all the rules are adhered to, such as wearing the right protective clothing.

“White coats are not usually a problem, but they are sometimes a bit forgetful about their hats,” she said.

As a token of her popularity and affection, Carol was showered with gifts from the merchants before she retired today. “I was quite overwhelmed,” she said. “I never expected anything like this.”

In charge of the GFDE administration department, Carol frequently escorted VIP visitors from overseas around the market, as well as collecting data on supplies and prices which she puts on the website each market day.

She said the biggest surprise has been the surge in fish prices over the past 12 months. “We had a record price of £5.30 for a kilo of cod earlier this week. I am afraid it won’t be long before that figure becomes the norm the ways things are going.”

Carol started work for then Ross Group as a teenage secretary before becoming personal assistant to Frank Flear, the founder of Bluecrest Foods which later merged with Young’s to become the seafood giant it is today.

Carol said: “Grimsby Fish Market may not be the most politically correct place in the world, but the humour is tremendous and you are always among friends. I shall truly miss it all.”

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